SHEFFIELD’S newest secondary school due to open in September is set to be full to capacity – with more than 30 pupils turned away.
Forge Valley School in Stannington will open in a new building after the controversial merger of Myers Grove and Wisewood schools, which was bitterly opposed for years by campaign groups.
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But parents in the area have chosen to send their youngsters there, with all 210 Year 7 places filled and 36 pupils unable to get in.
Education chiefs believe the appeal of a new school plus the fact it will have a sixth form attracted applications from outside its catchment.
More than 5,000 families have been allocated school places over the last few days, with 94 per cent of pupils granted entry to their first choice secondary.
This is up from 90 per cent last year.
And 98 per cent of 11-year-olds will get a place at one of their three chosen preferences, up from 96 per cent.
Pressure on the secondary system has been eased slightly this year with the creation of 60 places at Fir Vale School, to cater for a growing population in the area.
In the past the former Earl Marshal School has been heavily oversubscribed, but this year just seven pupils have failed to gain places.
And every school has succeeded in finding places for children living in their official catchment areas – which has not been the case in previous years.
Schools in the south west of Sheffield with sixth forms, such as Tapton, are still most popular.
Education chiefs are still to receive applications from 69 families, and work will now begin to track them down, with the help of attendance officers if necessary.
Appeals from parents still hoping to get a place at their first choice school will begin next month and will continue into the summer.
Coun Colin Ross, Cabinet member for children’s service, said: “This is obviously an anxious time for many parents and we understand their concerns.
“Getting your child into a school which meets your expectations is of course a key priority of any parent, but the figures show we have shown our commitment to achieving parent satisfaction.”
In Rotherham 97 per cent of pupils received places at their first choice schools and 99 per cent at one of their top three.
Tapton - 73 on list
Silverdale - 61 on list
King Ecgbert - 61 on list
King Edward - 48 on list
High Storrs - 45 on list
Westfield, Bradfield, Birley, Yewlands, City, Ecclesfield, Handsworth Grange and Meadowhead - all full or nearly full.
Schools with plenty of places:
Firth Park, Chaucer, Newfield, Stocksbridge and Hinde House schools.
Parkwood - 24 vacancies
Springs - 11 vacancies
Park - 83 vacancies (still in special measures)